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Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Overview

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Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Overview

Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Host Platforms


Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Overview


Revised: March 11, 2011, OL-1184-12

The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch product line consists of hardware and software packages that you can use to connect your packet data network to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). There are three application components within the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch product line that use common host platforms. Each application requires its own platform. The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch software application performs signaling and call control tasks for the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch, such as digit analysis, routing, circuit selection, and more.

The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch host is the computing platform on which the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch software application resides. In a continuous-service architecture, Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch hosts are deployed in pairs (active and standby). The H.323 Signaling Interface (HSI) software application handles the H.323 protocol signaling. The Billing and Measurements Server (BAMS) application is responsible for post-processing of billing and measurement data.

Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Host Platforms

Table 1-1 lists the host configurations that are supported for use with the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch and with the HSI and BAMS applications. The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch works with other Cisco products as part of a Cisco solution.

The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch host platforms are available in redundant configurations. HSI and BAMS platforms can also be deployed as multiple units for redundancy.


Caution Deploying Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch hosts with a greater number of virtual CPUs or more memory than listed might work, but these configurations are unsupported by Cisco TAC and might not necessarily result in improved system performance.


Note The term virtual CPU means the number of CPUs available to the operating system for data processing. In systems with virtualization technology, multiple virtual CPUs can be created on a single physical CPU. Each virtual CPU is treated as a separate processor by the operating system. In systems without this technology, there is one virtual CPU for each physical CPU.


Table 1-1 summarizes the PGW, HSI, and BAMS software supported by each version of the Solaris operating system.

Table 1-1 Solaris Compatibility Summary

Software Release
Solaris 8
Solaris 10
PGW

9.6(1)

9.7(3), 9.8(1)

HSI

4.2

4.3

BAMS

3.20

3.30


Table 1-2 summarizes the hardware platforms that are supported for the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch, and the compatible software for each platform.

Table 1-2 Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch Hardware Support Summary 

Host
Power
Processor
Virtual CPUs
Memory
Solaris Version
PGW Releases
HSI Releases
BAMS Releases

Sun Fire V120

AC

UltraSPARC IIi

1

1 GB

8, 10

9.6(1)

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Fire V120

AC

UltraSPARC IIi

1

2 GB

8, 10

9.6(1), 9.7(3)

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 120

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIi

1

1 GB

8

9.6(1)

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 120

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIi

1

2 GB

8, 10

9.6(1), 9.7(3)

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 20

AC, DC

UltraSPARC III

2

2 GB

8

9.6(1)

Sun Netra 20

AC, DC

UltraSPARC III

2

4 GB

8

9.6(1)

Sun Fire V210

AC

UltraSPARC IIIi

1

2 GB

8, 10

9.6(1), 9.7(3)

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 210

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIIi

1

2 GB

10

9.7(3), 9.8(1)

4.3

3.30

Sun Netra 240

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIIi

1

2 GB

8, 10

 

4.2, 4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 240

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIIi

2

4 GB

8, 10

9.6(1), 9.7(3), 9.8(1)

4.3

3.20, 3.30

Sun Netra 440

AC, DC

UltraSPARC IIIi

4

8 GB

8, 10

9.6(1), 9.7(3), 9.8(1)

Sun Fire V40z

AC

AMD Opteron

8

16 GB

10

9.7(3), 9.8(1)

Sun Fire X4640

AC

AMD Opteron

24 (4 CPUs, 6 cores each)

64 GB

10

9.8(1)

Sun Netra X4270

AC, DC

Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series

8 (2 CPUs, 4 cores each)

16 GB

10

9.8(1)

Sun Netra T5220

AC, DC

UltraSPARC T2

64 (8 CPUs, 8 cores each)

64 GB

10

3.30


To install the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch, you need to be familiar with its host and signaling network configuration options.

The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch supports the following host configuration options:

Redundant (two hosts)

Nonredundant (single host)


Caution If you are upgrading from a Sparc-based platform to an Opteron-based platform, the two platforms can interoperate during the upgrade procedure. However, redundant host configurations that use one Opteron-based platform and one Sparc-based platform are not supported.

The Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch supports the following signaling network configuration options:

A-link

F-link

F-link Drop and Insert


Note The signaling configurations listed above use the Cisco ITP-L (IP Transfer Point — LinkExtender, formerly known as the Cisco Signaling Link Terminal or SLT) to terminate standard A-links and F-links. The Cisco ITP-L designation identifies a signaling configuration within the Cisco PGW 2200 Softswitch node.